Professor Named Maytag Chair and Professor of Ichthyology


Martin Grosell is the new Maytag chair and professor of ichthyology

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MIAMI, Fla. (April 2, 2014) — Martin Grosell, professor of marine biology and fisheries at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), has been appointed Maytag chair and professor of ichthyology.

“Martin is a very distinguished scholar who continues to provide great leadership to the school,” said Roni Avissar, RSMAS dean.

Grosell, who specializes in environmental physiology and toxicology of marine fish and invertebrates, joined the faculty in 2002. He has published more than 140 peer-reviewed research papers as well as numerous books and book chapters on the physiology and mechanistic toxicology of aquatic organisms. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, at the August Krogh Institute.

Grosell was a co-author of the recent study that showed heart abnormalities in fish embryos exposed to oil from the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study was the first of its kind to analyze the effects of the primary toxic agents released from crude oil on several commercially important pelagic fish species that spawn in the gulf.

Established in 1957 and named for Robert E. Maytag, an avid fisher and sportsman, the Maytag Chair is a fully endowed position in the field of ichthyology. Appointees have established reputations in research and excellent records of publications, including strong externally funded research programs, teaching, and graduate student stewardship.


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Student Affairs VP Patricia Whitely Takes the Reins as NASPA Board Chair

Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

Pat Whitely holds a customized gavel, carved in the shape of a football and painted in Hurricane orange and green, to mark her one-year term as chair of NASPA’s Board of Directors.

Pat Whitely holds a customized gavel, carved in the shape of a football and painted in Hurricane orange and green, to mark her one-year term as chair of NASPA’s Board of Directors.

BALTIMORE, Md. (March 18, 2014)—As a graduate student at the University of South Carolina 32 years ago, Patricia A. Whitely never envisioned she would one day ascend to the primary leadership role of the national organization that serves as the voice for her field. But on Tuesday, with family, friends and colleagues looking on, Whitely officially took the reins of NASPA’s Board of Directors, delivering an inauguration address that outlined her goals for the association dedicated to the student affairs profession. Read the full story

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Toppel Career Center Executive Director Christian Garcia Appointed to NACE Board of Directors

Christian Garcia, executive director of UM's Toppel Career Center, will serve a two-year term on NACE's board of directors.

Christian Garcia, executive director of UM’s Toppel Career Center, will serve a two-year term on NACE’s board of directors.

Garcia’s appointment comes as the center celebrates the opening of a new home made possible by a lead gift from UM alumna and trustee Patricia Toppel, with support from the Parents Council.

By Robert C. Jones
UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 11, 2014) – Prior to 2009, the closest Christian Garcia ever came to the study of architecture was helping University of Miami students who majored in the discipline find jobs. But that year, when UM told Garcia that the Patricia and Harold Toppel Career Center he leads would move from its longtime home, he delved into architecture with a passion, helping to design the new headquarters that has transformed how UM prepares students for the job market.

Such creativity and decision-making proved instrumental in Garcia being appointed to the board of directors of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), a Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based nonprofit that connects college career services and recruiting professionals interested in the employment of the college educated. Read the full story

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Kevin G. McCracken Named Inaugural James A. Kushlan Chair in Waterbird Biology and Conservation


For his new appointment, Kevin G. McCracken traded the subartic for the subtropics.

(January 14, 2014) – Evolutionary geneticist Kevin G. McCracken has been named the inaugural James A. Kushlan Chair in Waterbird Biology and Conservation at the University of Miami.

McCracken, formerly a professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will serve a dual appointment as associate professor in the Department of Biology at the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Division of Marine Biology and Fisheries at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. He was selected via a months-long international search, and joined the UM faculty in January 2014.

McCracken has published more than 75 journal articles and has received National Science Foundation grants and Fulbright scholarships to study molecular mechanisms of hypoxia resistance in high-altitude waterbirds in the South American Andes. The cause of “altitude sickness” in humans, hypoxia occurs when the body or a part of the body is deprived of oxygen.

“Dr. McCracken’s appointment as the first James A. Kushlan Chair in Waterbird Biology and Conservation marks a significant advancement in UM’s long-time leadership in ornithology and science in the tropics,” said Leonidas G. Bachas, dean of  the College of Arts and Sciences. “His exemplary work on waterbirds complements our efforts in interdisciplinary science research.”

“The James A. Kushlan Chair position provides a great opportunity for the Rosenstiel School to develop research and education programs in waterbird biology, an expertise the school lacked and is yet a very important aspect of the marine ecosystem,” said Roni Avissar, dean of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. ”We are excited that Dr. McCracken is joining our faculty.”

McCracken’s research interests lie at the intersection of population biology, genomics, and physiological genetics. He also has performed many other studies focusing on waterbirds as intercontinental carriers for pathogens, such as influenza, and on the systematics of waterbirds, including ducks and herons.

“I was drawn to the University of Miami by its reputation, proximity to my study sites in Latin America and history of tropical biology research in places like the Everglades, which abound with all kinds of different waterbird species,” McCracken said. “After fourteen years in the subarctic, my family and I are really looking forward to the adventure and geographical, cultural, and biological contrast of living in the subtropics in one of the world’s most dynamic and greatest cities.”

The James A. Kushlan Chair in Waterbird Biology and Conservation was established in 2012 through a generous endowment from three-time University of Miami alumnus Dr. James A. Kushlan, during the University’s Momentum2 campaign. A writer, scientist, educator, and conservationist, Kushlan is recognized for his expertise in the biology and conservation of waterbirds and wetlands and in the strategic management of not-for-profit conservation and educational organizations.

He serves as co-chair for the College of Arts and Sciences’ Momentum2 campaign and as member of the college’s visiting committee. He also serves on the boards of the Everglades Foundation, Zoo Miami Zoological Society of Florida, History Miami, and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

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University Announces New Organizational Structure for Workday Finance System

In preparation for the implementation of Workday Finance, the new financial information system being introduced as part of the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) initiative, John Shipley, vice president of finance and treasurer, and Nerissa Morris, vice president for human resources, have announced the following personnel changes, most of which will take effect on December 1:

  • Theresa Ashman, associate vice president and controller, has been appointed as the Workday Finance lead. She will be responsible for managing and improving existing systems and processes in Workday and all interacting financial systems for the University of Miami. Ana Paneda, associate controller, will serve as interim controller.
  • The Payroll Office will report into the Department of Human Resources. Alicia Lopez has been appointed director of payroll and will report directly to Violet Bloom, assistant vice president, Compensation and Recognition.
  • The Accounts Payable Department will report into Procurement and Supply Chain. Elsa Liauwapau, director, Accounts Payable, will report to John Willi, who was recently appointed associate vice president, chief supply chain officer, to consolidate institutional purchasing. Willi begins his new role on January 6, 2014.
  • The Office of Corporate Cards will be transferred to Treasury Operations. Sean Sadler has been appointed manager of corporate cards and will report to Hiram Sem, executive director, Treasury.


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